Monday, September 15, 2014
Once I told Greg the good news, and he had a day to absorb the reality of everything, he went into super planning mode. I loved it! He immediately was tackling the budget, looking into selling/buying a new house, downloading pregnancy tracking apps, talking about baby names, and being so supportive in so many other ways. I mean, really, he’s been amazing so far! So we played around with some pregnancy apps and we think I’m at 6 weeks right now based on my LMP and when we think we actually conceived. So far the only symptoms I’ve had are fatigue, the “girls” are a bit sore, and needing to pee all the time. The fatigue is the most annoying, especially when I’m in a library for hours trying to study and read the insane amounts of reading I have to do this semester for my class. I typically can pull 4-5 hours stretches of studying in the library, but last week I could barely make it past 2 hours without literally starting to fall asleep into my textbook. So I’m worried about my study endurance over the next few months. Thankfully I haven’t had any sort of nausea yet, but I’ve heard it hits around 6-8 weeks, so I’m nervous about that.
The crazy thing is the week I found out about our positive test, a coworker of mine had just announced her pregnancy (she was about 8 weeks at the time, I think), and then just a few days ago another coworker was telling us she is 7 weeks pregnant! She was sooooo nauseous at work (another reason I’m getting nervous as we make our way through 6 weeks). So yeah, that makes 3 on my unit who are just a few weeks apart. If we can help it though, we are going to hold out until about 9 or 10 weeks before we even tell our parents. Let’s hope I can hide any sickness until then 😉
Our first appointment is scheduled for Friday October 3rd (2 1/2 weeks away!). We are so excited! I can’t wait to actually lay eyes on our little miracle. While it seems real, it also still feels a little hypothetical. I know things will really sink in once we see it! Until then, I have to make sure I don’t get too carried away daydreaming about baby when I need to be studying. School is still a main priority right now. We decided I would stick it out this semester, and possibly take off starting next semester. While I would love to get as much school done before having a baby, by my math we are anticipating a due date around May 11. My spring semester finals would be the last week of April. And while I did just drop to part-time (ironically, the week before finding out I was pregnant), with clinicals I’m still at the hospital 3-4 days a week, and doing that at 6, 7, 9 months pregnant just sounds way too stressful. Especially if we are going to be moving into a bigger house around that time (which is our hopeful plan right now). So right now my goal is to finish this semester, take a year off, then I will finish spring and summer term in 2016. I know God will work it all out, and I try not to stress about it. Yes, taking time off will be hard (actually, that part will be easy. It’s the getting back into it that will be hard). But we have a little blessing coming our way, and I’m not going to stress myself into a premature delivery because I’m trying to manage 180 hrs of clinicals on top of working. Sure, it’s do-able, but what’s another year? I work with premies for a living, I don’t want to experience it from the other side of the story.
So for now, we are excited for what lies ahead, we are dying to start telling people (but are keeping our mouth shut), and it’s fun talking about our little secret each night as we look at pictures of the baby’s progress (from pregnancy apps) and play around with baby names for the fun of it.
And speaking of pictures, I decided to start my weekly pictures this week. I feel like I’m showing, but I know no one else would notice. I just feel “pudgy” right now.
Our 6 week stats: Baby is the size of a small pea and weighs less than 0.04 oz. It’s nose, mouth and ears are starting to take shape. It’s heart is dividing into chambers and is slowly beginning to beat! The lung buds are starting to form as well as arm and leg buds.